Garages can act as a nice, big secure place to store vehicles and sporting equipment. They can also be perfect for hosting a casual party or act as a daily workshop. However, there are some things that are susceptible to being destroyed or damaged in a garage, so it’s probably best to find a safer spot for them.This article covers a few things are best stored elsewhere.
1) Paper- Pests and rodents are drawn to cellulose, a main ingredient in paper and cardboard boxes, so the garage is not a place to store your birth certificate or family will. They can get into your garage and cause a destructive mess really fast, so keep this in mind when putting a cardboard box full of documents somewhere in your garage. It’s also good to make sure your recycling bin is always locked.

2) Propane Tanks- If you are a fan of grilling out with a propane tank, make sure to keep it out of the garage in an area with good air flow circulation, like outside. If a propane tank valve isn’t closed all the way, it can slowly leak. That matched with a confined garage space could cause a dangerously explosive risk.
3) Paint- keep in mind that any refinishing stains or solvents need to be kept at room temperature to prevent spoiling or separating. This will not only save your paint, it will save the floor of your garage from ugly spills or rust stains.
4) Bedding and Clothing- Just like getting into paper, rodents seek out nice soft beds of sheets and clothes, too. Even if these items are kept in plastic bins, pests can find their way in through a tiny-sized hole. If you want any chance of restoring these items, don’t keep them in the garage.
5) Pet Food- It makes sense that you would want a place to store any excess of food, but the garage is not the place to do it. Insects and pests will seek out that dog kibble, birdseed, or box of oranges, and you don’t want to bring any of that into the house.
6) Canned Food- Although canned goods are relatively safe from pests, keep in mind that canned veggies stored in a garage go sour faster if they are in a hot climate or are subject to freeze in the winter.
7) Refrigerator- Especially if you use your garage as a workspace, we know how convenient it can be to have a secondary beverage spot. But just keep in mind that if your garage gets hot in the summer, then your fridge will be fighting those temperatures too, which could result in a more expensive energy bill.
8) Film and Records- Sentimental items that could even be worth something like vinyl records and eight millimeter movie film should not be kept in the garage. Rodents and vermin love heated vinyl wraps and cardboard and will eat right through your precious things. If it gets hot, tape-based film will break down and get moldy. Be sure to back everything up on a computer or hard drive before this kind of stuff goes in the garage.
9) Electronics and Circuit-Based Wiring- If you have any old TVs, laptops or game consoles lying around, it’s better to donate them then risk them getting destroyed in the garage. At least then someone else will have a chance to enjoy your used electronics.
10) Wine- Extreme temperatures can wreck wine, turning it into vinegar or separating. So it’s best to save the bottle, or the money of replacing it, by just keeping it in the house.
After all of that hard work you’ve put into making your garage the perfect storage space, just keep in mind what you keep in there.
An Attached Versus a Detached Garage is a Personal Preference
Some people prefer to have their garage attached to the house and some would rather walk out to their garage. It seems that people who live up north go for an attached garage so they don’t have to venture outside in cold winters.
Another reason people seem to like attached garages is that it takes up more of a footprint of the house, making the whole property seem larger. Attached garages generally have a structure that matches the rest of the home rather than a detached garage that is built years later with different resources.
Plus, having an attached garage is simply more convenient, especially if you want to keep a refrigerator or freezer in it. It is much easier to grab a snack out of your extra fridge close to the house rather than walking all the way out to your detached garage. It’s also easier to unload groceries out of the car.
But despite all of these pros of having an attached garage, a lot of people still like detached structures. It’s safer to have potentially hazardous gas fumes and gas emissions farther away from the house (like a running car releasing benzene) in a detached garage with less of a chance of them drifting into the home.
With a detached garage, there is also less of an opportunity for a burglar to break into your home. A lot of thieves target a home by entering through a garage window. If the entry door to the house is left unlocked, then a burglar can slip right in. With a detached garage, thieves only really have access to what’s in the garage.
For people who use their garage as a workshop, a detached garage can also be a benefit because there tends to be less distractions. It’s like going to an office- you can get your painting and building done without being so closely subjected to what’s going on in the house. There’s also a certain level of privacy one can have when working in a detached garage.
Whatever your preference is, all garages must be equipped with safe and reliable doors. Make sure that all parts of your garage door system are in good shape and working properly. Especially with an attached garage where the garage door is a main point of entry into the home, you want to ensure that it is safe and secure. Plus, with an attached garage you don’t want your home that much more susceptible to break-ins with a weak door.
A lot of detached garages also have only one point of entry, another reason why you want to make sure the garage door is always working properly (so you don’t get stuck in your garage). It’s best to do annual maintenance on your garage door and call in a professional if anything on your garage door seems out of place.